Programs on Vinyl

About 12 years ago I ran a successful Vinyl to CD/iTunes service and was really busy – from entire Jazz collections (literally, hundreds of LPs) to one off privately recorded 78s, I digitised them all. Then with the advent of cheap plug-and-play USB turntables the demand petered out. I still do it for myself and friends and the occasional commission, but no longer can it be called a business.

Anyway, the upshot of all that is I have boxes of vinyl lying around that I have acquired, and one of those boxes was a closing down sale, old stock from a record shop, full of around 1000 7″ singles. It was in this box I came across a single by Mainframe – Talk To Me.

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What really grabbed my attention was the B Side. Talk To Me contained 4 programs for the Apple II, ZX Spectrum, BBC B and ZX81 – Vinyl and Retro Computing? All in one place? To the audio cleaning lab!

So of course, I had to get the vinyl recorded and hopefully somebody can load it in to one of these great computers to see what Mainframe were trying to tell us back in 1983. I don’t have any of these anymore (see previous post) and sadly the Commodore was not catered for. Audio at the end of this post.

I did find a great article over at so do click through to read more about programs on vinyl.



BBC Model B

Apple II